West Seattle schools: Schmitz Park’s first Science Celebration

The first annual Science Celebration Night at Schmitz Park Elementary was not your average science fair. In fact, last night’s event wasn’t a science fair at all.

Christine Morrell, who shared photos today, explained that it was “organized in partnership with teacher representatives from each grade and the PTA … a combination of grade level exhibits and interactive experiences hosted by local organizations (including Museum of Flight, Issaquah Fish Hatchery, the Woodland Park Zoo Raptor Program, Chief Sealth International High School World Water Week, Islandwood/Homewaters, the Mountaineers, and more.)”

She added, “The goal is to show students how fun science can be, both in school and out in the real world … through interactive, hands-on experiences, kids can experience many applications for scientific discovery.” She says volunteers from the West Seattle High School science program helped too.

6 Replies to "West Seattle schools: Schmitz Park's first Science Celebration"

  • westseattledood May 23, 2014 (5:11 pm)


  • sc May 23, 2014 (9:09 pm)

    How wonderful to present science in this way! Thanks to all who “teach the future”!

  • JP May 24, 2014 (7:05 am)

    It was a fantastic event and well-attended. Kudos to the organizers, Schmitz Park staff, and all of the volunteers. The nano-tech room was one of my favorites – to hear the awe in the kids’ voices as they watched the demonstrations was priceless.

  • Pam May 24, 2014 (8:16 am)

    this was an impressive and fun event!! thank you schmitz park!

  • Gerrit Kischner May 24, 2014 (9:14 am)

    Thank you Christine and Kathy and all the teachers who made this start of a great new tradition at Schmitz Park. Students were proud to show off what they had done in the classroom, and that they were able to do this alongside “real scientists” engaged everyone like nothing I’ve ever seen. What vision!

  • KatieH May 24, 2014 (10:05 am)

    This was a great event! Our first grader loved the hands-on aspect of trying new things… especially getting the light bulb to work in the 4th grade room. The tremendous array of science was incredible! Raptors, salmon, human genetics, space exploration, rocks/minerals, dying fabric, nanotechnology, flight, electricity… Amazing way to excite the kids. Thank you to KathyM and ChristineM for organizing. Well done!

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